Situated in the heart of the North Island on State Highway 1, the South Waikato District is a great place to live work and play.
In the South Waikato you and your family can enjoy an iconic New Zealand lifestyle with high quality services and facilities and the great outdoors right on your doorstep. Our stunning lakes, rolling green hills, beautiful forests and lack of a single traffic light provides residents with an idyllic lifestyle and perfect work-life balance.
For more information about our main towns and areas see below.
A small village just west of Putāruru, Arapuni has a lot to offer those looking to enjoy a number of top recreational activities.
Atiamuri, a small village at the very southern end of the South Waikato District, has many outstanding natural features that are steeped in Māori history.
Fonterra Cheese Factory
The Lichfield Cheese factory is the largest in the southern hemisphere.
Lichfield is a small farming community located just off State Highway 1 between the towns of Tokoroa and Putāruru.
Okoroire is a small settlement to the east of the South Waikato District and boasts a beautiful natural hot-spring, golf course and historical hotel.
Putāruru is a small rural town known for its high quality water and the magnificent Te Waihou blue water spring.
South Waikato Rivers
The Waikato river forms part of the southern and eastern borders of the South Waikato District. Learn more about the river and it's tributaries.
Tīrau, home to the largest corrugated iron sheep and sheepdog in the world, is a must visit if you're passing through the South Waikato District.
Tokoroa is the largest town in the South Waikato District and home to the iconic "Pine Man" carving.
Tourism in the South Waikato
Tourism in the South Waikato centres around walking trails.
Follow this link for more on staying safe in SW rivers. Endorsed by Water Safety NZ